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Each research flight of the Kuiper Airborne Observatory (KAO) is a microcosm of the scientific method. A pilot project has been initiated to provide Flight Opportunities for Science Teacher EnRichment (FOSTER) on-board the KAO whereby each teacher will obtain first-hand experience of the scientific process: its excitement, hardships, challenges, discoveries, teamwork, social relevance and educational value. The FOSTER project is providing to each teacher a workshop on contemporary astrophysics and curriculum supplement materials as well as the flight opportunity. The objective is to provide an enriching experience that the teachers will then take back to the classroom, so that each student will have a more meaningful science education. The 1992-93 school year is the first year of the pilot program, which after five years should expand to the national level and be flying 50 teachers per year. The project is supported by the IDEA program of the Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters.
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